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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sanjay, Sri Krishna Fine Arts Society.

Sanjay Subrahmanyan - M R Gopinath - K Arun Prakash - K V Gopalakrishnan

Sri Krishna Fine Arts Society. Varasiddhi Vinayakar Pravachana Mandiram.
26th September 2007. 6:30 pm

mEru samAna - mAyAmALavagauLa - Adi - T
rAga ratna mAlikacE -rItigauLa - rUpakam - T (S)
paramapAvani mAmava - aTANA - Adi - AS (R)
anudinamunu - bEgaDa - rUpakam - RSI (RNS)
kandA vandaruL - AbhEri - Adi - PS (short sketch)
vAnanai madi sUDiya maindanai - kIravANi - misra cApu - tEvAram (RS)
tani Avarththanam
kANa kaNNAyiram - nIlAmbari - Adi - TQ (short sketch)
srutvAguNAn bhuvana sundara - slOkam in bEhAg
kANDu danynAtE - bEhAg - rUpakam - Kamalesa Vittala
tillAnA - dvijAvanti - Adi - Tanjore Kalyanaraman
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

It was nice concert. Though, organised in a rather-tough-to-reach place, the turn out was quite high, possibly due to local residents.

The AlApanais of aTANA, bEgaDa and kIravANi were all very good. The svarams in rItigauLa were nice. The neraval and svarams in bEgaDa was good also. The kIravANi svarams were nice, and a korappu in dvi-kAlam was presented. The short sketches of AbhEri (with suddha dhivatham) and nIlAmbari were quite inspiring as well. All the kritis were rendered very beautifully. A nice song selection and excellent execution. All the accompanists did a good job in making the concert a completely fulfilling one.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar, Music Club IIT Madras

Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar - V V Srinivasa Rao - Sherthalai R Ananthakrishnan - Anirudh V Athreya

DoMS 101, Music Club IIT Madras
24th September 2007. 6:45 pm

vanajAkshirO - kalyANi - Adi - RSI (varNam)
tatvamariyataramA - rItigauLa - Adi - PS (S)
nIlAyadAkshi - paras - tisra tripuTa - SS
dEvi brOva - cintAmaNi - Adi - SS
ElarA srI krishNA - kAmbhOji - tisra Ekam - TT (RNS)
nenarunchi nAnu - mALavi - Adi - T
srI krishNam bhaja - tODi - Adi - MD (RS)
tani Avarththanam
mAlai pozhudinilE - rAgamAlikA - Adi - Kalki
tillAnA - danasrI - Adi - ST
maithrIm bhajata
nI nama rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

Smt Mala presented a real nice concert with pieces carefully chosen and rendered well. The concert began with a brisk rendition of the kalyANi varNam. The rItigauLa piece was played well with svarams at 'madi sEkaran maganE' that were well structured.

The rare paras kriti was rendered very beautifully. The cintAmaNi piece was moving. It was quite a surprise to hear two shyAmA sAstri kritis in a concert, back to back. It was quite a thing to listen both. The kAmbhOji AlApanai was very elaborate and rendered with all the nuances that make the rAgam very enjoyable. The kriti was rendered with neraval and elaborate round of svarams and korappu.

The main tODi AlApanai was done very beautifully. The kriti was rendered with an elaborate round of svarams and korappu, all of which were enjoyable. The rAgamAlikA and the tillAnA were good also.

Smt Mala had carefully planned and chosen pieces. She rendered all the pieces well and made the concert very enjoyable. She was very ably supported by her accompanists.

Sri Srinivasa Rao on the fiddle was good in accompanying thro' the concert. All his replies to the AlApanai, neraval and svarams were all very good and stood up to that of the main artist.

Sri Ananthakrishnan played with good anticipation and all his patterns matched what the main artists played. He was ably supported by Sri Anirudh. The tani they shared was extensive and enjoyable also.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

T V Sankaranarayanan, Karpaga Vinayakar Temple RA Puram

T V Sankaranarayanan - Nagai Sriram - Trivandrum Balaji - K V Gopalakrishnan

Siddhi buddhi samedha karpaga vinayagar temple. R A Puram
19th September 2007. 7 pm

gajAnanam - slOkam in hamsadvani
jaya jaya gaNapati - hamsadvani - Adi (S)
kA vA vA - varALi - Adi - PS (S)
caraNam iyyappA - mukhAri - misra cApu
himAdri sutE - kalyANi - rUpakam - SS (RNS)
sEvikka vENDumaiyyA - AndhOLikA - Adi - MT (short sketch, S)
mIvalla guNa dOsha - kApi - kaNDa cApu - T (short sketch)
akhilANDEsvari - dvijAvanti - Adi - MS (RS)
tani

The AlApanais and svarams were are nicely done. There were even some kaNakku svarams in the kalyANi. It was a nice experience to hear a dvijAvanti AlApanai after a long time. The kriti renditions were good and the usual aura he creates were all present at the concert. The high amplification for the supporting singers, made the voice of the main artist, inaudible at many places. The accompanists were good and played a supportive role.

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R Raghul, Karpaga Vinayakar Temple RA Puram

R Raghul - Fiddle
Kumbakonam Swaminathan - Mrudangam
Hariharasubramanian - Ghatam

Siddhi buddhi samedha karpaga vinayagar temple. R A Puram
19th September 2007. 5:15 pm

mahA gaNapatim - nATTai - Ekam - MD (S)
girirAja sutA - bangALa - Adi - T (short sketch)
siddhi vinAyakam - shanmukhapriyA - rUpakam - MD (RNS)
brOva bAramA - bahudAri - Adi - T
bavanuta - mOhanam - Adi - T (RS)
tani
kurai onRum illai
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bhagyAda lakshmi bArammA

The AlApanais of shanmukhapriyA and mOhanam were nice. svarams were all good as well. a nicely balanced list as well. The short sketch of bangALa was nice and it was quite a tricky thing to accomplish well. a young violinst with promising talent for the future. The accompanists were good as well.

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Sandeep Narayan, Nada Inbam

Sandeep Narayan - Satish Kumar - Nirmal Narayan

Nada Inbam
18th september 07. 6:30 pm

ninnu kOri - mALavi varNam - Adi - Calcutta Krishnamurthy
nIkE teliyakapOtE - Anandabhairavi - Adi - T (S)
parama kripA sAgarI - yadukula kAmbhOji - rUpakam - GNB (R)
marivEre - latAngi - kaNDa cApu - PSI (RNS)
krupa jUchutaku - chAya tarangiNi - Adi - T
kArtikEya kAngEya - tOdi - Adi - PS (RNS)
tani

The AlApanais of tODi and latAngi were nicely done. He had displayed nice ideas in both. yadukulakAmbhOji AlApanai could have been a little slower. The svarams were all good also. The kOrvai he sang in latAngi was good. The violinst was good in parts. The mridangist gave good support

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Prasanna Venkataraman, shanmughapriya sabha

Prasanna Venkataraman - V.Sanjeev - Nellai Balaji

shanmughapriya sabha, Swamy's Hall RK Mutt Road,Mandeveli.
15th september. 6 pm

sarasijanAbha - kAmbOdhi - vadivelu(TQ)
siddhi vinAyakam(S) - shanmughapriya - MD
jaya jaya padmanAbha(R,S) - sarasAngi - ST
samukhaana nilva - kOkila varaaLi - T
sukhi evarO(R,N,S) - kAnadA - T
neraval in "O rAmA nAma sukhi evarO"
tAmadham thagAdhaya dayA parA thunai - mOhana kalyAni - Lalgudi VR Gopala Iyer
nee paadamulE (R, N, S)- bhairavi - Patnam
neraval in "shrI pancanadIshvaruni rANi vai"
tani
viruththam - rAgamAliga -???
"mannAthi bhUtham??" - nAttaikurinji + "peNNum nee Anum nee" - dhanyAsi + "bOdhika vandha guru" - sahanA +"eesane sivakAmi" -sindhubhairavi
vishveshwaru dharishAnu - sindhubhairavi + pahadi + kOsalam - ST
thillAna "na dhiru theem" - shankarabharanam - Patnam
pittam theliya - shenjuruTTi - GKB
pavamAna(mangalam)

very nice concert. The AlApanais of sarasAngi, kAnaDa and bhairavi were all very good. The way he started each of the rAgams were absolutely unambigous. The svara patterns were all nicely structured.

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Sangeetha Sivakumar, Krishna Gana Sabha

Sangeetha Sivakumar - Padma Shankar - Nellai Balaji

Krishna Gana Sabha
14th September 2007.

inta chalamu - bEgaDa - Adi
namAmi vigna vinAyaka - hamsadvani - Adi (tisra naDai) - Krishnaswamy Ayya (S)
yagnAtulu - jayamanOhari - Adi - T
sEshAcala nAyakam - varALi - rUpakam - MD (RNS)
suma sAyaka - karnATaka kApi - rUpakam - ST (R)
vacAma gOcaramE - kaikavasi - Adi - T
tiruvaDi caraNam - kAmbhOji - Adi - GKB (RNS)
tani Avarththanam
ennagA manasuku - nIlAmbari - T

It was nice concert with a beautiful selection of kriti and neat execution. The svarams for hamsadvani were crisp. The AlApanai for varALi was done extensively. The kriti with neraval and svarams was well rendered. The karnATaka kApi AlApanai was a nice surprise as well. It was done in a scholarly fashion. The main kAmbhOji AlApanai was done well, with many phrases reminding of MLV's renditions. The kriti was rendered with nice round of neraval and svarams. Had to leave during the nIlAmbari.
Accompanists were good and made it a good concert.

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T M Krishna, Warren Road Bala Vinayagar Temple.

T M Krishna - M R Gopinath - K Arun Prakash - N Guruprasad

Balavinayagar kovil. Warren Road.
13th September 2007

I reached late and had to leave early as well. Whatever i listened was nice and enjoyable. The AlApanai of janaranjani for smaraNE sukhamu was nice with beautiful svarams. The main tODi AlApanai for gajavadanA sammOdita was also beautifully done. Sri Krishna also rendered vA murugA vA - bEgaDa, naDamADi tirindu - kAmbhOji, sadAsiva kumArA - suddha sAvEri.

May i request somebody who was present thro' the concert write the full list and write their comments.

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Suguna Purushottaman, Krishna Gana Sabha

Suguna Purushottaman - Poorna Vaidhyanathan - Trivandrum Vaidhyanathan

Krishna Gana Sabha. Gokulashtami series
6th September 2007. 6:30 pm

gajAnanam - slOkam in hamsadvani, kEdAragauLa
viribhONi nI pai - kEdAragauLa - misra jhampai - Rudrapatnam Venkataramayya (varNam)
brOvabAramA - bahudAri - Adi - T (S)
nIlAcalanAtam bhajEham - simmEndramadhyamam - Adi - MD (RS)
nA morAlakimpa vEmi - dEvagAndhAri - tisra Ekam - T (RS)
srI kamAkshi kaTAkshi - vasantA - Adi - Thiruvarur Ramaswami Pillai
endu dAginADO - tODi - misra cApu - T (RNS)
tani Avarththanam
mAdava mAmava - nIlAmbari - Adi - NT (R)
srI krishNasAmikku sari evarE - kEdAragauLa - misra cApu - PS
sonnadai kEL kaNNA - pantuvarALi - Adi
nIraja daLa nayanA - mAND - Adi - Suguna Purushottaman
kastUri tilakam - slOkam in kuranji
srI vENugOpala - kuranji - kANDa Ekam - MD
anda nAL ninaivu - brindAvana sArangA - Adi - Suguna Purushottaman
nIla vaNNanai ninaindAl - hamsanAdam - misra cApu - Suguna Purushottaman
rAma bhakta hanumAn - jOnpuri - Adi - Suguna Purushottaman
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

Smt Suguna Purushottaman is one of the few musicians of the old guard who still continue to entertain us with classical music of the highest order. All AlApanais were sheer display of her display. The neraval and svarams were all well structured and were enjoyable. She started her concert with a invocatory slOkam. The rare kEdAragauLa varNam was presented beautifully. The bahudAri piece had an interesting round of svarams at 'srI vAsudEva' and 'brOvabAramA' successively.

The simmEndramadyamam AlApanai was short and sweet. The kriti was rendered with an elaborate round of svarams at line begining 'nIlAmbikA' in the anupallavi. The detailed dEvagAndhAri AlApanai was done in a very un hurried fashion. The kriti was rendered in a moving fashion with all its three caraNams and an elaborate round of svarams at the pallavi line. The vasanta kriti was nicely rendered with the required stresses on the svarAksharams in its chittai svarams.

The main tODi AlApanai was rendered very elaborately, including all the enjoyable phrases adding to its beauty. The kriti was rendered amazingly with neraval and svarams at 'sthambamu lOpala nuNDaga lEdA'. The nIlAmbari AlApanai was good. The kEdAragauLa kriti was rendered in an unhurried fashion. The kuranji piece was rendered beautifully. Smt Suguna Purushottaman announced that she rendered the brindavana sAranga piece, in memory of Sri Yagnaraman. The piece described the past memories of the person and also created a sober mood. All the other tukkadas were well rendered also.

Smt Poorna Vaidhyanathan on the violin was good in parts. The sound system had the violin playing a little loud. Sri Vaidhyanathan played well for the full concert. His tani was nice as well.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Nandita Ravi, Hamsadhwani and Rukmini Arts & Music Trust.

Nandita Ravi - Poorna Vaidhyanathan - Thanjavur Kumar - Ganesan

Hamsadhwani and Rukmini Arts & Music Trust. Parampara Series
1st September 2007. 6:30pm

chalamEla - darbAr - Adi - TT
mApAla velasi - asAvEri - Adi - T
cidambara naTarAjam - kEdAram - Adi - MD (RS)
Eti janmamidi hA - varALi - misra cApu - T (RNS)
anudinamunu - bEgaDa - - RSI (RS)
kAppaduvE unadu bAram - Ananda bhairavi - rUpakam - Ponnaiah Pillai
talli ninnu - kalyANi - vilOma misra cApu - SS (RS)
tani Avarththanam
tiruvotriyUr tyAgarAjan - aTANA - rUpakam (padam)
elarAdayanE kAmini - bhairavi - Adi (jAvaLi)
bhaja bhaja mAnasa - tilang - Adi
peRRa tAi thanai maga marandAlum - viruttam in kAmbhOji, hamsAnandi, sahAnA, suruTTi
tillai ambalattAnai - suruTTi - misra cApu - GKB
nI nAma rUpamulaku - saurAshTram - Adi - T

The concert began with a short sketch of darbAr. The varNam was rendered neatly followed by the asAvEri kriti. The kEdAram AlApanai was short. The rare kriti was rendered well with a round of svarams at 'kEdArEshvaram visvEshvaram'. The varALi AlApanai was good and wholesome. The grand kriti was rendered amazingly well with neraval and svarams at 'sAgara shayanuni tyAgarAjanutuni'. The bEgaDa AlApanai was short and crisp. The kriti was followed by a quick round of svarams. The anandhabhairavi piece which followed had a sparkling cittai svaram as well.

The main kalyANi AlApanai was sung well. The kriti was rendered well with an elaborate round of svarams and korappu at the pallavi line. The padam was amazing. The jAvaLi and the other pieces which followed were all good also.

Smt Nandita gave a nice concert with a lot of classical pieces, true to her lineage and keeping the tradition going.

Smt Poorna on the violin was good in all parts of the concert. She gave good replies to the main artists and was very supportive in playing for the kritis.

Sri Kumar was his usual self, playing in accordance to is being presented. He played with good anticipation. His tani in a not-so-popular tALam was good as well.

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